Family Bonding at Borsang Umbrella Center

Borsang Umbrella Center is a great tourist destination, an awesome place for family to bond, and an inexpensive way to learn umbrella making. Borsang umbrellas are a legend in Borsang, a village in Chiang Mai province in Thailand. The history of Borsang Umbrellas started way back and the improvement and history that these umbrellas are making up until now is by leaps and bounds. It may have started as a ceremonial offering to monks but now hundreds are sold annually to tourists and are used for political, religious, and royal functions.

Umbrellas for tourism

Borsang umbrella center is located at  111/2 M.3 Borsang-Doi Saket Road, Sankambheng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50130. Coming to Chiang Mai is not complete without dropping by Borsang, the umbrella capital of Thailand. Umbrellas come with variety of sizes, with attractive and vibrant colors, and one of a kind designs. They have got umbrellas for ceremonial purposes, home and office decorations, keychain umbrellas, and also for protection from heat and rain purposes. Borsang also has other wide choices of souvenirs apart from umbrellas all skillfully handcrafted by Chiang Maians. Many says that umbrella making is a signature of Chiang Mai, and so one could never find these kind of umbrellas anywhere else in the country. So these legendary umbrellas are drawing tourists all year round.

Family Bond at umbrella making centers

For kids, buying umbrellas could be pretty exciting, well, for the first two minutes. After they have explored it though the excitement wanes out. And then it becomes a thing in the past.

What’s good about Borsang umbrella making centers is that they allow individuals and family to design their own umbrellas. Now you’re talking!

For an affordable fee family members could sit together and hone out their sketching and painting skills. Now this is truly exciting for kiddos and adults alike. They not only get to buy but also design something that they can truly call their own. Now this may not be the newest craze but it would certainly draw kids attention and would have them engaged for a long time.

It could be a half-day or a whole day activity. There is no time limit. Materials are provided after which you sketch on to the umbrella the design you have in mind, paint it, let it dry under the heat of the sun. And then coat it with water-resistant substance. Voila! Your own masterpiece.

At the end of the day, you and your children would feel accomplished and proud.

This is an auspicious opportunity to teach children,

*the importance of following instructions
*patience as you wait it up to dry
*the value of doing things on their own
*the value of appreciation and love of their own work
*the value of hard work

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Children’s Day: Thailand

Children's Day 2018

Children’s day is an annual international celebration aim to not only celebrate children for who they are but also to bring awareness to children and the whole world of the protection and rights that are duly theirs. Children throughout our history have been subjected to cruelty, forced labor, and violence. And through this celebration governments must do in its power to protect children who are the future of this world.

It is celebrated by almost all countries at a varied calendar dates.  For example, USA celebrates this on the second Sunday of June which was first declared by a pastor by the name of Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard in Massachusetts on 1856.  It then was declared as an official annual holiday by Turkey on 1923 celebrating it every 23rd of April then on. United Kingdom celebrates this on the second Sunday of May, 20th of November for the Philippines, and second Saturday of January for Thailand.

 

Children’s day in Thailand:  Wan Dek (Day Children, direct translation)

 

It is celebrated with so much fun in mind. It is a big celebration for Thailand. Local governments, public and private institutions, and even schools prepare games and surprises for kids. Free food, milk, and goodies are aplenty during this day.

Local governments give kids a free tour and try program.  For example kids are given a guided tour in a government house and are actually allowed to sit at a government official’s desk; Royal Thai Military allows children to explore their aircrafts, and private institutions give free toys, and school supplies. Aside from these,  various activities are prepared for kids watch and learn.

 

Wan Dek 2018 (2561 in Thai Calendar)

Some schools celebrated Wan Dek a day earlier as the occassion fell on a Saturday.  This is how my son and his friends spent their day. Please the short clip we made of the entire event below. Thanks.

And here’s how my daughter celebrated Children’s Day in her school. Enjoy.

 

How did you spend Children’s Day?

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To be able to do what you have been dreaming about is an ultimate euphoria. As a kid driving fascinated me, so when my Dad bought me a miniature car I was thrilled beyond measures. Now, my kids are into gundam models. They have got more than enough to fill a large size display cabinet. They have been collecting and assembling these Japanese plastic models for some time now. However, being able to be in an actual gundam and pilot it yourself brings the game to a whole different level.

Fun Planet @Central Festival Hatyai has these fun-size gundam models that children could get on and drive around for a teeny bit shy of $2.

So what are the features?

1. Single-person cockpit. A child could sit comfortably with a seatbelt for safety. For very young kids, a parent is allowed with the child sitting on the lap.
2. Dual joystick control. Joystick controls emulated from gundam models allow full manuever of the gundam movements- forward, backward, turn left and right, 360 degrees turn, and buttons that give off a shooting sound. Look at the video 6USD worth of fun for a better look.
3. Collision avoidance system sensors around. This is a pretty intelligent feature especially that some kids might be too excited to mind whoever is around them. So the gundam stops moving automatically when it senses persons or objects near it.

Is it worth it?

Yes definitely!
My kids had so much fun. My son was ecstatic, it was priceless.
Aside from these, it gives them a rough feel of how it is to be in it, touching the joystick, making it move themselves, something that they only imagine while watching the anime.

Would your kiddos enjoy this ride?

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Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a prosperous 2018 from my family to yours. 2017 has been a wonderful year for us. It was not perfect that’s for sure. That the imperfections made it wonderful; for only in imperfection you would see perfection. 2017 had been a roller coaster ride but still it was wonderful. Just a few hours from now we will be becoming 2018. We wish that 2018 will be awesome and full of great things.

5 Reasons Children Need Chores

Experts say, chores are good for children academically, emotionally, and professionally.  The house is a size down version of the vast universe awaiting children in their future.  The training they get early on greatly affects their performance, their sociability, their work ethics, and over-all values as grown-ups. And doing household chores no matter how these may seem petty and trivial is apparently a training of immense significance.  This early training will result to not only an individual of excellence but also an individual with  a great feel of others.

They say, success is achieved when children start doing chores during their formative years. During these years children might be busy with outdoor activities, and extracurricular activities as they start schooling, they must still however do household chores for these following benefits.

5 Reasons Children Need Chores

What can chores do to children?

  1. Skilled. The effects of learning to do chores efficiently and effectively resonate as far as being efficient and effective in school, in the workplace, or in whatever endeavor a child will take on in the future. These important like skills instill in children the concept of excellence, management,  resourcefulness, and creativity.
  2. Self-reliant. Being able to complete tasks and contribute to the family give a child a sense of accomplishments consequently boosting confidence and trust in one’s ability to do things and make decisions. And so when a child goes out in the vast world, s/he could stand on her/his on confidently.
  3. Empathy. Doing a task as a contribution and support to the family as part of this community help children develop a feel of others. This character is what makes the world a better place.  Individuals who do not only think of themselves but who are conscientious, kind, affectionate, and passionate of others.
  4. Responsible. Having regular obligations and duties at home develop a sense of responsibility. As part of the family a task is given that s/he alone is responsible of, inability to do so affects not only him/her but the entire family. So accomplishing this task is something that needs to be done otherwise there will be consequences.  These consequences must be made known for the child to realize that there is a purpose why s/he is doing it, and not just because mom or dad said so. For example, keep the kitchen floor dry, “Why do you think it is important to keep the floor dry?” or “What do you think will happen if any of us step on wet floor?”
  5. Disciplined. Learning to do chores in a routine manner teaches children the importance of following rules set.   And in the long run develops a sense of control that is essential later on as they deal with school works, job related experiences, and them as part of a bigger society. Disciplined individuals are what this world needs.

The benefits of doing chores are great and ideal.  It is something parents would want for their children. However the road leading to these is challenging and oftentimes fraught with emotions. Parents out there very well know these challenges.  It is easy said than done, but something that needs to be done nevertheless.

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6 Mountain Bike Accessories You Can’t Ever Leave at Home Again

You love the adrenaline rush, right?

 

But do you ever really think about the consequences of your ride? In San Diego mountain bikes can be seen everywhere as people enjoy their favorite hobby. But how many of them are missing out on the ultimate ride or are dangers to themselves or others?

 

These mountain bike accessories will solve most of the problems.

 

Bike Cleaner

You may think mountain bikes are supposed to be full of dirt and grime. But maintenance on any item is essential, and not only for aesthetic reasons. If you don’t look after your bike you’ll waste money. Wear and tear will happen faster & there will be more friction. You’ll have to replace parts often.

 

Clean equipment works better. Your bike will respond fast, making you less of a danger on the road.

 

You can clean your bike with professional products or by spraying on a soapy mixture of your own.

 

A Repair Stand

Most of the time it’s simply easier to take your bike to the professionals. Working on it yourself is cumbersome.

 

But not if you invest in a repair stand. Some of them are collapsible so you can take yours to the track. If you need to clean or repair anything having the bike stable and in an elevated position will make your task easier.

 

If you’re serious about San Diego mountain bikes adventures, be serious about looking after your bike.

 

Chain Breaker

The importance of having tools is obvious. But putting a multi tool in your pocket is not enough for mountain biking.

 

A common problem with bikes is when a chain twists or breaks. And a chain can easily be fixed but only if you have a chain breaker on hand. This tool enables you to separate the chain in a certain spot and also to mend it.

 

You know how important a functioning chain is. If you don’t keep this tool with you, you’ll end up carrying your bike more than it carries you.

 

A Dropper Seat Post

This item may seem a bit too luxurious for mountain biking. But don’t focus on the luxury of a dropper seat post. Think of how it enhances your riding.

 

If you control the height of your seat from your handle bars all future inclines will waste less of your time. You can find the perfect seating position to help you peddle better without even stopping to adjust it. In rough terrain where it’s riskier to stop than to keep going, you’ll be thankful you invested in this accessory.

 

A Bike Carrying Handle

Where is your next ride? If you’re planning to go to a rough track you should consider a mountain bike handle. It attaches to your frame without influencing your riding experience. When you have to pick up your bike—whether you’re traversing stairs or mountainous terrain—you’ll use less of your precious energy because carrying it will be more comfortable.

 

Technological Gadgets

Technology brought us many gadgets and machines. And some of them are worth including as mountain bike accessories.

 

Get a phone mount. Yes, mountain biking is ideal to get away from the bustle of modern society. But you never know when you’ll get lost or hurt. You’ll be thankful you have somewhere to turn to.

 

Here’s another idea. Use an app on your Smartphone to track your progress so you can become a better rider than ever before. Only by tracking your performance will you know where you need improvement.

 

This list is not simply for the professional riders. Without the necessary tools to look after yourself your bike adventures can turn into nightmares. Be smart and plan ahead. On the day when everything goes wrong you’ll be thankful you did.

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Real Time Lightning Tracker Monitors Thunderstorms

Many people are scared of lightning and thunder. I have seen people shutting tight their eyes and plugging both their ears with their fingers when the lightning flashes. There are others who are fascinated with lightning and thunder. Some think that lightning is beautiful. Whichever group we belong to, we all know that lightning can be very dangerous and may cause serious damage to lives and properties.

Some places are more prone to lightning strikes and some forest fires were caused by lightning. It is reported that many lightning strike survivors claims that just before they were struck by lightning, they felt their hair standing on end. There is a possible risk of being struck by lightning when using a corded phone during a thunderstorm. You may find it difficult to believe but lightning can strike even when the sky is blue and not necessary dark and threatening.

If you like to watch lightning, do so from behind closed glass window, in the safety of your home or office. Try to get out of open space as fast as you can and stay indoors with windows closed. If you happened to be in your car, keep all the windows closed and stay away from any metal parts of the car.

Anyone can install a real time lightning tracker app on a mobile phone to find out if there is a possibility of a lightning near you or where it would be. With the app, you can monitor the movement and intensity of thunderstorms on a map and see how close they are to your area. The app will also send notifications whenever a strike is detected in your area to allow you time to get to safety or remain indoors. Most of these apps are highly reliable, providing accurate alerts if lightning is close to your area by using the latest data from global weather models combined with high-resolution lightning data.

Most of the lightning tracker apps share some common key features.

  • Display global thunderstorm and lightning strikes details on a real time lightning strike map
  • Display history of lightning strikes hotspots
  • Forecast thunderstorm movement and intensity
  • Send notifications to alert of nearby storm for live monitoring purposes.
  • Send alert messages before lightning is expected near your location.
  • Display accurate location of lightning using high quality weather data combine with high resolution lightning data.
  • Enable sharing with friends of approaching storms and lightning.

Be informed of possible thunderstorms and lightning strikes in your area with a lightning tracker on your mobile phone.

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Things You Might Want to Bring for a Countryside Staycation with Children

A staycation in the countryside is both fun and refreshing, there are however dangers lurking around the corner that we must be prepared of before going especially if you are tagging your kids along.

Recently we went to this beautiful resort located at the South of Thailand.  The resort is devoid of any form of city features except those in the resort itself. It has amenities resorts and hotels in the city have like Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fridge but it is situated out of nowhere.  You see nothing but nature around- trees, bushes, birds, flowers, and some others. There are no Seven Eleven’s nearby, not even a gas station, or a local convenience store.

Going to places like this and traveling with kids along, we usually anticipate the things that we might be needing. It is better to be prepared than be sorry as they say. Having this in mind, we have prepared the following for a smooth, worry-free in the countryside.

Things you might want to prepare for a countryside staycation with children with you.

1. Medicine. A child can react differently to a different environment.  The air might be fresh and clean, but there are other elements to consider such as pollens and dusts that could trigger asthma.  Since my younger son has not gotten rid of his asthma yet, bringing his Babyhaler and Seretide are a must.

2. Cream or ointment for allergies and bites. There is no shortage of mosquitoes. They were everywhere especially at night. They were unbelievably huge and persistent. Fortunately though, the rooms are well sealed. So we still had a good night sleep.

3. Long, cozy pants, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. These are needed especially if you want to take a walk and enjoy nature or you might want to take photos around just like the photo below. Crawling creatures are plenty. And there are loads of fallen sharp twigs, leaves, and oh poison ivies.  I checked out poison ivy treatment at buyrhustox.com before coming, but gladly there were no poison ivies in the place.

4. Long, sturdy sticks. Before setting out for an adventure, bring any long sturdy sticks.  If there are bushes, chances are there might be snakes.

5. Other miscellaneous nitty-gritties like hats, backpack full of extra shirts, snacks, and a bottle of water.

These are some of the things that we prepare before setting forth.  Although needs may vary from place to place or from family to family, but hopefully these list here will help you in any way in your on travel.

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5 Effective Ways to Deal with Annoying Puppy Sounds

Everybody loves a puppy—until it’s 1 am and you hear one whining or yelping nearby.

It could be yours. It could be your neighbour’s. Either way, it’s annoying!

But there’s a good reason for annoying puppy sounds. it’s nature’s way of helping mother and pup find each other in case they get separated.

So since annoying puppy sounds are part and parcel of getting a new dog, I’d like to walk you through seven effective ways of dealing with your puppy during this period of its young life.

 

Understand Why Your Puppy is Making Annoying Sounds

If you’re anything like me, understanding something takes most of the annoyance out of it.

To begin with, let’s try and understand why your puppy is making whining, yelping or excessive barking sounds.

A common reason is neglecting to spend enough time with your puppy. Remember it has just been taken away from its mother, so it needs all the reassurance it can get. Make time for your puppy and let it know that you’re always around.

Your puppy could be bored. If it’s explored your backyard, it may be time to allow for some extended exploration.

Health, exercise and a troubled past are also reasons for your puppy acting out of fear and making annoying puppy sounds. Let’s look at these and others.

 

Be as Understanding as Possible

Your puppy needs you during this time. Patience will go a long way to establish a strong bond between you and your new dog.

Your dog will slowly learn to trust you and see you as a safe place when they are anxious. Shouting at your dog or punishing them for making certain sounds will not solve the issue. You must understand why your puppy is making those sounds so that you can act accordingly.

So, let’s do some testing.

 

Do Some Tests to Establish Why Your Dog is Making Annoying Sounds

If you can’t pinpoint why your puppy is making annoying sounds, you may want to try a process of elimination.

Start off by listing all the possible ways you could healthily mitigate your puppy’s annoying outbursts. then try them one by one. We’ll be discussing some more below, so get some ideas that have worked for me and other professional dog trainers.

If one thing doesn’t work, try another. Sooner or later your puppy will either grow out of its anxiety, or you’ll pinpoint what the problem is and solve it.

Also look into your puppy’s history. Were they mistreated or starved before you adopted them? What kind of breeder did you buy your puppy from?

 

Take Your Puppy for Regular a Long Walk

Exercise is one of the most important factors for any dog. Your new puppy will love taking walks with you every day. it will strengthen your bond and burn all that excess energy & frustration that’s been building up in your puppy.

Try walking your puppy every day during the same time. Your puppy will have something to look forward to and their anxiety and/or boredom may decrease.

 

Check Your Puppy’s Health

Poor health can also be a common reason for constant yelping and whining.

 

Here’s how to do a quick home health check on your puppy:

  • Check your dog’s ears by selling them. If there’s a bad smell, your puppy may have a skin condition or some kind of parasitical worms.
  • Run your hands over your puppy and check for lumps or wounds.
  • You can also check your puppy’s excrement for blood or any irregularities.
  • Walk with your puppy and check if they are limping in or walking strangely in any way.
  • Eyes and gums should be void of any discoloration like blotchiness and yellow stains.

If you find any of these take your puppy to the vet.

 

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How Do You Pay Bills in Thailand

Paying bills in Thailand is easy peazy. It does not feel like it is an errand. Flashback, years back in the Philippines paying electricity and water bills were tedious. It was something I hoped I did not have to do. And also it costs extra money as offices oftentimes are kilometers apart. Fast forward, it was a little over 10 years ago when we had our first business transaction with a Thai company wherein we had to pay a gadget for an eight -month installment. That was when I realized what a breeze it is to pay bills here.

Aside from paying in a company’s bills and payment department, here are other places where one could pay bills-electricity, water, credit card, car loan, and etc. 

  •  The ever ubiquitous 7 11, so one can pay bills anywhere, any time of the day.
  • Lotus Express is a 24 hour convenient store affiliated with Tesco Lotus.
  • Tesco Lotus service….
  • Big C
  • pay at post
  • CenPay
  • Affiliated Banks (almost all banks) krung Thai Bank
    bangkok Bank
    Krung Sri
    Siam Commercial Bank
    Bank of Ayudhaya
    Government Saving Bank
    Thanachart Bank

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